Four Michigan high schools part of new college enrollment initiative, Future Corps

Select seniors will lead campaigns to help peers apply to college

LANSING, Mich. - November 13, 2014 – This weekend, two Future Corps students and their faculty sponsor from their host high school will travel to Big Bear Lake, Calif. near Los Angeles to participate in the National Future Corps Workshop, an intensive, four-day residential leadership and training program.

Future Corps is a student driven initiative to increase college enrollment through targeted campaigns and innovative technology. Detroit Edison Public Academy, Flint Northwestern High School, Hillsdale High School and Warren Mott High School were selected for the two-year pilot program running September 2014 through August 2016. Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and College Summit, a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting low-income youth to college and career, partnered to bring Future Corps to Michigan.

Each high school selected eight ambitious and passionate seniors to serve on the Future Corps team, receiving leadership training and support from College Summit and MCAN as they move through the college application process. Two of the eight students were chosen to attend the National Future Corps Workshop.

During the school year, Future Corps students lead their peers through the college application process, train faculty and students on the latest mobile college app technologies, and organize, design and conduct three peer-to-peer campaigns focused on college applications, FAFSA completion efforts and a "Big Idea" movement addressing a pressing community need.

Students also participate in Future Corps Leadership curriculum and monthly meetings with College Summit staff to develop strategies for their campaigns, and to analyze and learn from their work.

"MCAN has worked for several months now to bring College Summit's innovative programs to Michigan," said Brandy Johnson, Executive Director of MCAN. "Future Corps is a phenomenal resource to help high schools make the college-going process reach the next level, and increase school-wide college application and FASFA rates."

As part of the Future Corps program, each school receives:
• Opportunities to increase school-wide college application and FAFSA rates.
• Participation in the four-day National Future Corps Workshop for two Future Corps students and their faculty sponsor.
• Professional development training for the faculty sponsor.
• Leadership sessions with College Summit coaches and student leaders.
• Trainings for staff and students on college access and success technology.
• Engaged student leaders to serve on locally-run school improvement committees.
• College Access and Leadership curriculum that equips Future Corps students to effectively research, design, run, and evaluate peer-to-peer campaigns.

To participate in Future Corps, high schools:
• Sponsor a counselor or teacher as a Future Corps team advisor.
• Host a professional development session for Future Corps students to train faculty on the latest college access technologies.
• Organize meetings with the school principal and Future Corps students to review campaigns and progress.
• Provide College Summit feedback for improving the program
• Pay $5,000 per year for travel/meals, training and technical assistance and programming funds. An additional $5,000 will be matched from MCAN.

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